If we, sports fans, have our way, we’ve probably called a Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 on COVID-19 and subsequently banned it for life.
This tragic Pandemic has stolen our daily sports fix. Save for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the rest of the sporting world is on a timeout, mapping out plans in the hopes of staging a comeback.
Thanks to the wrestling stars, Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls’ documentary The Last Dance, sports are still in the thick of the fight trying to avoid a knockout or a complete shutout. But even those shows and classic game replays are not enough to keep us entertained for the whole week.
So we’ll throw in 16 sports movies that we can binge on, entertain us, or even inspires us and gives us hope during this lockdown.
16 Field of Dreams
If you’re a baseball fan, then this one’s for you. This fantasy film stars Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella, who’s been hearing a mystery voice from his farm field.
This movie is a timeless classic which the Major League Baseball hopes to mark its 30th anniversary of release on August 13, 2020 with an actual baseball game in Dyersville, Iowa where the film was shot.
15 Million Dollar Baby
The powerful trio of Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank, and Morgan Freeman delivered knockout performances in this Academy Award Best Picture.
This is not your typical sports movie. Eastwood, who won Best Director and Best Actor awards for this movie, threw a lot of haymakers which pierced through the hearts of moviegoers. Make sure you’ll have plenty of tissue aside from popcorn.
14 Glory Road
Inspired by a true story, this movie navigated the delicate issue of racism in sports.
Glory Road takes us back to an era where white athletes were still the king of the basketball court. It took a young white coach to break the barriers by fielding the first all-Black starting lineup in the 1966 NCAA Division I tournament.
This inspiring movie debuted as no.1 in the box-office in its opening weekend.
13 Space Jam
Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, stars in this fictional movie where he took on the challenge to help the Tune Squad beat a team of Aliens.
Aside from Jordan, the movie also stars his contemporaries Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson, and Shawn Bradley among others.
This movie was also a hit among sneakerheads because of the Jordan 11 “Space Jam”.
12 The Way Back
This Ben Affleck-flick is a tearjerker.
Affleck’s character Jack Cunningham wrestled against his demons and found solitude on the hardcourt.
It’s an underdog story, albeit not the typical one, as most of the protagonist’s biggest battles where played off the court.
11 Remember the Titans
Another riveting sports movie that tackles racism, this movie is based on a 1970’s African-American high school football coach Herman Boone portrayed by Denzel Washington.
But while social equality is the central theme of the movie, there are layers of life lessons that we can derive from it.
The real-life Herman Boone passed away last year at the age of 84.
10 He Got Game
Ask your pops to watch this movie with you.
Retired NBA superstar Ray Allen delivered a surprising fine performance in this compelling movie by Spike Lee. He stepped up his game and did not shrink in the spotlight with multi-awarded actor Denzel Washington.
Allen’s alter ego Jesus Shuttlesworth took a life of its own and became an icon for basketball fans. This movie also popularized the Jordan 13 “He Got Game.”
9 Coach Carter
Before Stephen Curry, there was Timo Cruz, a no-conscience trigger happy shooter whose game extends way beyond the three-point line.
Samuel L. Jackson stars in this true story-inspired movie as coach Ken Carter who made headlines in 1999 for suspending Cruz’s undefeated team due to poor academics.
While this is another classic underdog story, it’s worth reflecting on the power of sports making a huge impact on “confused” kids who are treading on the thin line between jail time and reaching their dream.
8 The Mighty Ducks
Basketball, baseball, and boxing themes dominate the sports movies so it’s pretty unusual to see a film about a hockey team to generate so much success. Mighty Ducks surprisingly did exactly that.
The feel-good sports movie has attracted a cult-like following among the 90’s kids. Its surprising success pushed the franchise to produce several sequels and even a TV series. A Mighty Ducks reboot is also in the works so before Disney+ releases the new series, make sure you’ve watched the original movies.
Rocky became a cult figure. And it’s not hard to understand why. Rocky’s underdog story is a great metaphor in life. The movie itself has catapulted Sylvester Stallone from a virtual unknown into a superstar.
The Rocky series has won three awards on 12 nominations and has earned a massive $1.3 billion in earnings. The successful franchise has already moved on and groomed the son of Rocky’s first opponent, Apollo Creed, as his eventual successor.
Michael B. Jordan stars as the estranged son of Appollo Creed in this movie series which is a spin-off of the successful Rocky franchise.
Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky magic proved that it hasn’t aged as he’s won several Best Supporting Actor awards in the first movie installment. The word is that in Creed III, Stallone wants ex-WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder to play the son of Rocky’s old nemesis, Clubber Lang.
5 Love & Basketball
If you’re looking to score a slamdunk with your boo, then this is the perfect sports movie date for you.
Twenty years since its release, Love & Basketball still thugs a chord in our heartstrings.
This movie will give you that high school feels and make you cheer for Quincy and Monica to end up together.
If its reputation as one of the best sports movies ever made isn’t compelling enough, then perhaps its selection for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress will pique your interest.
This film is loosely based on the 1954 Indiana State champions coached by Gene Hackman’s character Norman Dale. The Indiana Pacers even honored the film by wearing Hickory uniforms in the NBA.
This Brad Pitt movie is inspired by a true story that gives us inside access to how baseball management was revolutionized by sabermetrics, the baseball counterpart of basketball analytics.
The critically acclaimed movie delivered homerun performances by Pitt, who played as Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics general manager in 2002 season, and Johah Hill as his assistant GM Peter Brand.
2 White Men Can’t Jump
If there’s one city that can rival New York as the mecca of basketball, that could be Los Angeles.
This movie gives us a picture of LA streetball in the ’90s. Not only that, it became an instant classic and iconic because it also reflected the fashion trends on and off the court during that era. It’s a smart and fun movie about loyalty and betrayal.
1 Any Given Sunday
If you’re not going to be hyped up after watching Al Pacino’s character delivers an intense dugout speech, then you have to question your heart.
An All-Star cast led by Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, and Jamie Foxx came together to produce a compelling movie that is much closer to reality than fiction.
This emotionally-charged and action-packed football movie will make you crave for the NFL to be back sooner rather than later.
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